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15 Kilo Weightloss

So I’m nearly there.

I’ve lost 15.2 kilos with 4.8 kilos to go to reach my weightloss goal.
It wasn’t easy. But it was at least achieveable & I didn’t need to sweat it up at the gym or perform a zillion crunches.
I just looked at the situation logically.
How does my body feel and/or react to certain foods. And what exercise do I actually enjoy?
With the aid of a FitBit I was able to track my calorie burn progress on a daily basis & work out my intake from there…
It’s a simple equation that makes sense but acting upon it & sticking with it is the challenge.
For example- 
Burn more calories than ingested.
I think the downfall to this is the food choices. A food may be low in calories, but is it nutritionally beneficial?
Is it going to be satisfying?
Is it going to be enjoyable to eat?

 

Being creative with foods & trying new meals can make eating more of an event than something that needs to be done.
My purposeful exercise was a minimum of a one hour walk per week. Sometimes I couldn’t do this but I planned my times carefully and tried to attempt this a couple of times a week. Nothing strenuous or involved, an almost leisurely stroll listening to some upbeat tunes.
I also aimed for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day- easy when working in retail, but was actually easier than I first though when on my days off.
I also had a 2,000 calorie burn per day.
All this was measured using a FitBit that I religiously wore daily. It’s a fantastic, high tech pedometer which also tracks sleep patterns, weightloss & stairs climbed.
Foods that were high on my priority list were fresh fruits & vegetables. When I couldn’t purchase something in particular- tinned was more than suitable. I made a lot of salads, and ‘tasting plates’- a bit of this & a bit of that, anything from croutons to salmon to dip to prawns. 
I ignored Fat Free & Diet labelling & instead actually read the nutritional information, focusing on the calories, fat & salt & sugar. 
Calories are a measurement of energy, literally instructing the buyer on how many calories to burn to create obsolete calories.
Desserts & sweets were still on the list & I just came up with better, healthier versions of recipes & favourites.
Substituting ingredients for others, & making smaller portions meant feeling satiated and also successful.
I weighed weekly to keep tabs on my progress but mainly used my clothes & general feelings of wellness to judge how I was progressing.
Breads & pasta made me feel heavy & bloated so rather than cutting these foods out I had smaller portions & allowed them a couple of times a week. Bloating & general ‘blah’ disappeared & whether it’s a sensitivity or intolerance I felt much more in control & balanced.
After about six months my skin was better, bloating & hunger was under control & my clothes were loose!
I was fitting into pre pregnancy & pre any where close to pregnancy clothing. 
My meals are now lighter- in calories, fat & salt, much more nutritionally balanced & made from scratch. Plus cup cakes, slices & brownies are still on the menu.
I’m still focusing on my steps & burning calories but it’s become second nature & counting calories are not such a strict priority.

I’ve been enjoying, vegan & vegetarian meals, the occasional meat dish, lots of seafood & many varieties of fruits & vegetables. I’m hoping to lose a small amount more & really focus on being nutritionally balanced, fad-free & comfortable when eating foods & not worrying about bloating or lethargy. 

  

24 Days of Salad: Tasting Plate

This has to be my favourite type of salad.

A bit of everything without the pile of greens! 
Usually a plate of lettuce with a few chopped up vegetables isn’t exactly enticing but a small variety of vegies and sauces displayed right, look much more appealing.
Try mushrooms, mini capsicums, pretzels (yes pretzels), nuts, mayonnaise and cheeses can make all the difference. It almost turns into a platter, hence tasting plate.

I used egg free mayonnaise, salsa and some left over salad dressing (see my radish and apple post) from a previous day as my sauces. I find it fun to dip the vegetables rather than have a ‘dressing’.
I had a few bits and pieces left in the fridge- half an avocado, some olives and mushrooms so I added some sliced capsicum, feta, artichoke hearts & mung bean sprouts.
It’s a light dish, and was my dinner after finishing work at 9pm.
The calories are fairly low too, but types of mayonnaise and depending on dressings or dips used can make all the difference.
I prefer to eat vegan or vegetarian when I can and I find the alternatives, like vegan mayonnaise and cheeses feel better during digestion and give my stomach a lighter feeling. I find there’s less bloat too.
There are so many ‘better’ options these days and so many things can be made from scratch too.